Days After Election: Israel Warns Obama on Talks with Iran

Days After Election 2008: Israel warned President-elect Barack Obama Thursday that his claim that he was ready to open talks with Iran could be seen in the Middle East as a sign of weakness.

We live in a neighbourhood in which dialogue – in a situation where you have brought sanctions and you then shift to dialogue – is liable to be interpreted as weakness.
— Tzipi Livni, Israeli foreign minister

Israel does not support any talks between the U.S. and Iran, which have had no formal diplomatic relations since 1979 when militant Iranian students held 52 Americans captive 444 days.